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Jake Wightman

13 Aug 2018

Loughborough athletes win 15 medals at 2018 European Championships

Loughborough athletes won an outstanding 15 medals at the European Championships, which took place in both Glasgow and Berlin.

Five alumni and one Loughborough based athlete picked up silverware, Jake Wightman (Retailing, Marketing and Management 2016) and Meghan Beesley (Mathematics and Sports Science 2012) leading the way with bronze medals in the 1500m and 400m hurdles respectively.

In the relays, former Loughborough College students, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey struck gold with a sublime run on the anchor leg in the 4x100m, whilst Martyn Rooney did likewise to earn the 4x400m quartet silver. In the women’s equivalent, Amy Allcock won her first major international medal as the team, which also included Loughborough based Anyika Onoura, bagged bronze.

Notable mention should also go to Beth Dobbin (Psychology 2016). Her meteoric rise in 2018 saw her finish seventh in the 200m final, whilst Psychology student Morgan Lake was also seventh in the high jump.

Students and Loughborough based athletes also saw huge success. Adam Peaty kick-started the medal rush with his world record-breaking swim in the 100m breaststroke.

Peaty went on to win four gold medals, adding the 50m breaststroke title and two relay medals to his ever-growing collection.

James Wilby was hot on his heels though, quite literally in the 100m breaststroke where he won silver, before returning to the pool to win another silver medal.

Second year student Marie Wattel secured double gold in the pool, the French athlete part of the winning quartet in both the mixed and women’s 4x100m freestyle relays. Imogen Clark won silver in the 50m freestyle on her debut for Great Britain, setting a new Commonwealth record in the process.

In the open water events students Tobias Robinson, Caleb Hughes and Alice Ferrell all acquitted themselves superbly in a pair of very physical races, Tobias leading the way with a ninth place finish. Ferrell was the best of the Brits in the women’s race as she finished twelfth, whilst Hughes was 29th.

This success couldn’t be done without the support of coaches and practitioners across campus, with a special mention going to former Loughborough College student and 2018 Honorary Graduate, Mel Marshall, who is coach to Adam Peaty and Head of the Loughborough National Centre (swimming). Also guiding Beesley to bronze was alumnus and lecturer at Loughborough College, Michael Baker.

This sensational medal haul follows on from the University’s success at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. Congratulations to all involved.

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